Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5, 1901

Today would be the 111th birthday of Walter Elias Disney, so let's wish him a Happy Birthday, wherever he is!

Happy Eleventy-First birthday!  Same age as Bilbo Baggins when he left the Shire to live out his days in Rivendell!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Disney Files Magazine

The DVC-published Disney Files came yesterday, and in addition to neat features by Disney historian Jim Korkis and others, it contains a nice overview of the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

As I don't have it in front of me, I can't say too much about it.  But the photos and artwork look pretty interesting.  The "Be Our Guest" restaurant looks pretty interesting, and Maurice's cottage looks to be a fun little place to visit.

We all know what sorts of things are going to be there.  It seems to me that it will make Fantasyland out to be a really fun and much more ride-intensive area to visit. 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Disney Books

It seems that there are a lot of books out there about Disney lately.  I think with the advent of self-publishing, there has been a rush by Disney fans who can write and have something to say to get their thoughts on paper.

One such project is Leonard Kinsey's company, Bamboo Forest Publishing.  Kinsey is best known as the author of The Dark Side of Disney and the fictional work, Our Kingdom of Dust.  (I haven't gotten around to reading the second yet, but it's coming up...)  His publishing company has released books by Disney Legend/Imagineer Rolly Crump and by former castmember Ron Schneider, aka Dreamfinder.  Kinsey's Dark Side of Disney blog is as entertaining as his books, often, but it is for those more, shall we say, "irreverent" Disney fans...not necessarily for family vacationers looking for Disney tips...

Bob McLain of Disney Book Beat  review site is launching his own venture, called Theme Park Press.  His blog is going to go dark for a while, but there are a ton of interesting posts there to review.  More on his publishing venture when it comes available.

Of course we all know Kevin Yee, the MiceChat columnist and blogger at Ultimate Orlando.  Kevin has published many books on Disney, which are published by Ultimate Orlando Publishing.  Then there is Ayefour Publishing, which has published Chad Emerson's Project Future and Sam Gennawey's Walt and the Promise of Progress City.  

You get the idea.  There are a lot of small presses/publishers, mostly run by authors themselves, doing Disney books these days.  We have a wealth of information out there, available for our perusal.  I hope they are all successful!